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How to obtain and use the new evolution items in Pokemon Go

February 18th, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Pokemon Go evolution items

Dozens of new Pokemon arrived in Pokemon Go this week, but in order to acquire some of them, you’ll have to make use of the new evolution items that Niantic added to the game. In the following post, we’re going to explain how exactly each of those items work and what you need to do in order to get your hands on them.

First of all, the only way to obtain these evolution items is to visit PokeStops and spin the Photo Discs. Items appear randomly, so whether you receive one or not is purely up to chance. Unfortunately, all you can do if you don’t have the necessary evolution item is to keep spinning Photo Discs until one appears.

Once you finally do find an evolution item, you can check this list to see which Pokemon it affects:

  • Dragon Scale
    • Seadra evolves into Kingdra for 100 candies
  • King’s Rock
    • Poliwhirl evolves into Politoed (instead of Poliwrath) for 100 candies
    • Slowpoke evolves into Slowking (instead of Slowbro) for 50 candies
  • Metal Coat
    • Scyther evolves into Scizor for 50 candies
    • Onix evolves into Steelix for 50 candies
  • Sun Stone
    • Gloom evolves into Bellossom (instead of Vileplume) for 100 candies
    • Sunkern evolves into Sunflora for 50 candies
  • Upgrade
    • Porygon evolves into Porygon2 for 50 candies

As of the latest update, these are the only eight evolutionary lines affected by the evolution items. In the original games, several other Pokemon currently available to catch in Pokemon Go also required the player to find an item in order to evolve them, but, for the time being at least, Niantic is only going to make players use the evolution items to acquire certain Johto-region Pokemon.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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